The National Hockey League announced yesterday that the 2015 NHL All-Star game will be held at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. When it occurs, the event will be the first All-Star game in three years. Last season’s was cancelled because of the NHL lockout, and this season there will be no game, as is always the case every four turns of the calendar when NHL players represent their native countries at the Winter Olympics.
Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman believes this is a great opportunity for his city. He told reporters:
“The best hockey players in the world will be in the city of Columbus. We’ll roll out the red carpet. We’ll have a great time and people will know what the great city of Columbus is all about.”
2013 Vezina trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky and defenceman Jack Johnson stand out as potential hometown participants next January. Sniper Marian Gaborik becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer. If he remains a Blue Jacket long term he is also a candidate to make an appearance for the CBJ.
All-Star weekend will take place January 24-25, 2015.